Local news translated – Monday, Mar 15, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Mar 15, 2021

RKI reports increasing seven-day incidence of 82.9
Health authorities in Germany have reported 6604 new infections with coronavirus to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day – 1593 more than exactly one week ago. In addition, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 82.9 nationwide on Monday morning, significantly higher than the previous day (79). In addition, 47 additional deaths were recorded within 24 hours. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 5011 new infections and 34 new deaths within one day. Four weeks ago, on February 15, the incidence had been 58.9.(Robert Koch Institue, March 15)

Teachers’ association calls for mandatory testing of students
The German Teachers’ Association is concerned about the rising infection figures among children and young people, but warns against renewed school closures. “If we don’t want the vast majority of schools to have to switch back to distance learning because the 100 incidence limit is exceeded, we must immediately bring forward the vaccinations of teachers at all schools and test all students at least twice a week,” said the president of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, to the newspaper “Rheinische Post”. (Rheinische Post, March 14)

ICU physicians call for immediate return to lockdown
In light of rising corona numbers, Germany’s intensive care doctors are calling for an immediate return to lockdown. “From the data we have and see now, and with the increase of the British mutant, we would argue very strongly to go back into lockdown right now, just to prevent a strong third wave,” the scientific director of the DIVI Intensive Care Registry, Christian Karagiannidis, told RBB radio station Radioeins. Karagiannidis said he very much hoped the states would enforce the adopted emergency brake of an incidence value of 100. “Otherwise, we will see another 5 – 6000 patients in intensive care,” Karagiannidis said. “You can see very clearly that we’re going to get back into rising ICU numbers very quickly now, assuming we give the virus the opportunity.” (Ntv, March 15)

Government funds pandemic research
The German government wants to support research into the social consequences of the Corona pandemic. and has made more than 15 million euros are available for research projects

“The Corona pandemic has been a heavy burden on our entire society for a year now,” said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek. “We should now make every effort to learn from this crisis and draw the right conclusions for our future actions.” She said research can help ensure that society emerges from the crisis “stronger.” The plan is to support research in five thematic areas: Family, Generational Relationships and Social Coexistence; Labor Market, Work Organizations and Employment Biographies; Education System and (Education) Trajectories; Health and Challenges for Health Systems; Democracy, Political Participation, Trust in Political Institutions and the Role of the Media. (Redaktionsnetzwek, March 15)

CSU Secretary General warns against traveling to Mallorca
CSU Secretary General Markus Blume warned against vacation trips to Mallorca on “Bild Live.” “I think incidence hopping is dangerous. We are seeing new outbreaks all over Europe. We have to stop this ping-pong game,” Blume said. He said the federal government’s line remains “to refrain from all unnecessary movements.” The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had stated on Friday that the classification of Mallorca, the rest of the Balearic Islands and other areas of Spain as risk areas has been withdrawn. The same applies to some regions in Portugal and in Denmark. The demand for Mallorca flights rose sharply.(Ntv, March 15)

Corona crisis curbs private consumption
The Corona crisis has severely curbed private consumption in Germany. Last year, households spent 5.0 percent less than a year earlier in price-adjusted terms, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office.

This was the sharpest decline since 1970 and fundamentally different from consumer behavior during the financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009, when private consumption fell less and supported the German economy.

However, the willingness to purchase durable consumer goods grew in the second half of the year. These include cars, furniture and larger electrical appliances. After a decline of 8.5 percent in the first half of the year, 7.8 percent more was spent in the second half than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The temporary reduction in value-added tax is also likely to have played a role here, the statisticians suspect. (Canstatter Zeitung, March 15)

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